Leaves alternate, cauline leaves, glandular hairy with entire margins, sessile.
Heads terminal, solitary or clustered together in groups of up to 6; heads hemispherical; involucral bracts membranous, transparent, yellow or brown, without an herbaceous base; receptacle flat, scales absent. Florets mainly tubular bisexual, yellow. Anthers with a concave apical appendage, and short tails. Style branches truncate, the inner surfaces papillose.
Achenes terete, with small glandular papillae; pappus of free bristles, entirely barbellate or subplumose at the base or apex.
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|1||Leaves spathulate to obovate, 10–25 mm wide at the broadest point||Chrysocephalum apiculatum|
|Leaves linear to lanceolate, usually less than 4 mm wide||2|
|2||Heads in clusters of 3 or more; involucral bracts varying in size||Chrysocephalum baxteri|
|Heads solitary, terminal on leafy branches; involucral bracts all approximately equal in length|
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|3||Achenes densely papillose; involucral bracts with very short cilia on the margins of the herbaceous base||Chrysocephalum pterochaetum|
|Achenes glabrous or sparsely papillose; involucral bracts with long woolly hairs on the margins of the herbaceous base|
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|4||Heads 7–15 mm diam.; intermediate involucral bracts the longest||Chrysocephalum apiculatum|
|Heads 6–7 mm diam.; inner involucral bracts the longest|
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